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Usage Errors and Infelicities in the Kindle
Keyboard (K3) User Guide: 4th Take
Roger Knights / Seattle / October 2, 2012
Table of Contents
Usage Errors and Infelicities in the Kindle Keyboard (K3) User Guide: 4th Take ............1
Persistent Keys: Useful but Undocumented ............................................................1
Persistent Keys: Details ...........................................................................................4
Other Usage Errors & Infelicities ............................................................................4
Snail Mail to Headquarters ......................................................................................5
Headquarters’ Response ..........................................................................................6
My Interpretation of That Response ........................................................................7
Rationale for Applying These Fixes........................................................................8
Availability of User’s Guides ..................................................................................8
Conventions in My Correction-Suggestions............................................................9
Examples of Errors & Infelicities, by Category ......................................................9
Outright usage errors (solecisms, howlers) .........................................................9
Inaccuracy..........................................................................................................10
Inconsistency .....................................................................................................11
Comma problems...............................................................................................11
Insufficient helpfulness......................................................................................11
Sketchiness ........................................................................................................12
Vagueness ..........................................................................................................13
Awkwardness or sub-optimal style....................................................................13
Off-putting, idiosyncratic phraseology..............................................................13
Unwanted line breaks ........................................................................................14
Complete List of Errors & Infelicities ...................................................................14

Persistent Keys: Useful but Undocumented
Eighteen months ago, on March 31, 2011, I sent the following email to Kindle-Feedback@Amazon.com:
The Kindle’s “Persistent” Shift & Alt Keys Are Inadequately
Documented
One of the Kindle’s cleverest touches is its use of
“persistence” in its Alt & [sometimes] Shift keys. I.e., the user
need not push those keys concurrently with the key being Alted or Shift-ed, but can do so in advance—which is a great
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